World Thousands of Gazans apply for Israeli work permits
Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar released from Israeli prison
Jarrar, a left-wing figure and member of the now-defunct PLC, released by Israeli authorities on Sunday.Israeli authorities released Jarrar, a left-wing figure and member of the now-defunct Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), at the Salem checkpoint west of Jenin city on Sunday afternoon.
Thousands of Gazans applied Wednesday for work permits for Israel, which has been reopening its gates to labourers from the Palestinian enclave following the latest war in May.
In Jabalia, a refugee camp in northern Gaza, a crowd of men holding their identity papers lined up hoping to obtain a permit to work in Israel, AFP journalists said.
"There is no work in the Gaza Strip," said Fathi Abu Nur, a 40-year-old unemployed man.
"Yesterday I heard that workers are registering to get permits (for Israel)," he said.
Report lists 670 European firms with links to Israel settlements
More than 670 European financial institutions have ties with companies that are involved in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a civil society report said Wednesday. The report is not an account of financial dealings directly occurring in Israeli settlements. For example, many of the European companies named have been implicated because they hold shares in non-Israeli firms, like machinery giant Caterpillar, whose products have been used in settlements.
"I hope things will get better because the current situation is really difficult," the father of five said.
The total number of permits being granted by Israel to Palestinian labourers in Gaza is 7,000, an Israeli security official told AFP, up from 5,000 workers and traders allowed in August.
In May, Israel and Hamas reached a truce following 11 days of the deadliest fighting in years.
Israel has since been easing restrictions on the Palestinian enclave, including reopening crossings, expanding the fishing zone and permitting the entry of certain goods.
Many Palestinians want to work in Israel, where wages are higher than in Gaza.
The impoverished territory of two million inhabitants with an unemployment rate of about 50 percent has been blockaded by Israel for nearly 15 years.
Israel officers kill woman after Jerusalem stabbing attempt: police
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman who tried to stab officers in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday, hours after a Palestinian militant was shot dead in a West Bank clash, police said. The violence comes days after an Israeli raid on militants in the occupied West Bank left five Palestinians dead. At dawn the sound of gunshots rang through the Old City, with the body of a woman lying on a stone street that leads to the Al-Aqsa mosque, an AFP journalist said. She was later draped in a survival blanket. Police said she had attempted to stab officers after being stopped for a check because her conduct aroused suspicion.
Palestinian economic analyst Omar Shaaban said Israeli work permits could help alleviate "the unemployment crisis and poverty" within the territory, ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas.
According to Shaaban, Gaza's income would increase by three million dollars per day ($3 million), if Israel granted 20,000 work permits.
Meanwhile, the increase in permits was "the result of a political process, including discussions in Cairo between the Hamas movement and Egyptian officials", a Palestinian official at the chamber of commerce said on condition of anonymity.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has put forth a plan to improve living conditions in Gaza in exchange for a Hamas commitment to "long-term quiet".
Israel and Hamas have fought four wars since 2008.
Infographic: Palestine’s olive industry .
Palestinian farmers face attacks by Israeli settlers across the occupied West Bank during the olive harvest season.About 80,000 to 100,000 Palestinian families rely on the olive harvest, which takes place every year between October and November, for their income – including more than 15 percent of working women.